GENEVA, Switzerland -- In the United Nations Human Rights Council's recently released quadrennial human rights report on China, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities called for an end to forced abortions and sterilizations against women with disabilities. The text reads as follows:
H.53. CRPD called upon China to revise its laws and policies in order to prohibit compulsory sterilization and forced abortion on women with disabilities. China replied that forced sterilization and abortion were explicitly prohibited under Chinese law.
The report comes less than three weeks after a brutal late-term forced abortion that was exposed by global news network Sky News on October 4th. Liu Xinwen and her husband Zhou Guoqiang were sleeping soundly in their home at 4am on September 27th when Family Planning Officials kicked down their door, dragged Liu to the People's Hospital of Fangzi District, and forcibly aborted her six-month-old child.
Despite international coverage, the Chinese government has made no investigation into the case.
Last year, after the forced abortion of Feng Jianmei's 7-month-old child was broadcast around the world, China's National Family Planning Commission (now the Ministry of Health and Family Planning) issued a ban on late-term forced abortions. Most Chinese provinces representing 87% of the population also issued bans on late-term forced abortions on their websites (read All Girls Allowed's report here).
Yet, since that time, numerous reports of forced abortions--late-term and early-term--have surfaced. This is hardly surprising, as the One-Child Policy gives both incentives and free reign to Family Planning Officials to carry out forced abortions and sterilizations with impunity. In 2012 alone, $2.7 billion was collected in fines. A report released by China's top auditing office showed that $261.4 million had been misappropriated by Family Planning Officials.
China may be well-intentioned in prohibiting forced abortions (and sterilizations), but the problem is the entire incentive structure behind the One-Child Policy.
Brian Lee, Executive Director of All Girls Allowed, said: "It will take courage for the Chinese leadership to acknowledge that simply imposing a prohibition against forced abortion and sterilization has not and will not bring an end to those heinous crimes. We pray that God would give that insight to top government officials, that their eyes would be opened to the daily suffering of women and men under the One-Child Policy. May they have the courage, then, to bring an end to all coercive family planning."
Download the full U.N. report here (you may also access other related reports here).
All Girls Allowed (http://www.allgirlsallowed.org) was founded by Chai Ling in 2010 with a mission to display the love of Jesus by restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China and to reveal the injustice of the One-Child Policy. “In Jesus’ Name, Simply Love Her.”